Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 08/26/2015 - 3:02pm
It would give teachers — who have to return to classrooms in the heat of mid-August — the break they need to recharge their batteries and to spend more quality time with their own families. Students would have greater opportunity to learn life lessons outside the classroom and small businesses that lose seasonal workers would get a much-needed boost.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Wed, 08/26/2015 - 2:59pm
The Clark County School District's almost 800 vacant teaching positions is a massive policy failure compounded by protectionism. By retaining bureaucratic barriers to the licensing of educators, the system is forced to fill hundreds of classrooms with substitute teachers, the very people those barriers are designed to keep out of schools.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 08/25/2015 - 2:15pm
We need to provide more teachers and administrators with in-service training by non-partisan, qualified experts on how to apply the religious-liberty principles of the First Amendment. After all, why waste money on lawyers and religious freedom or infringement lawsuits in schools that can be much better spent on innovative classroom resources, higher teachers’ salaries or new technology?
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 08/25/2015 - 2:07pm
The Idaho Constitution requires that public schools be free. But what does the word “free” mean? When a school presents a long list, including brand names, it becomes a requirement to conform, especially when the lists include materials that clearly stock school inventory for general classroom, not individual, use.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 08/25/2015 - 1:49pm
There are problems in how high-ability students are taught in the U.S., Europe and Asia. For example, U.S. federal and philanthropic efforts to improve schools have concentrated almost exclusively on low achievers and bringing them up. Our nation is also exceptionally bad at producing low-income high achievers.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 08/25/2015 - 3:02am
The responsibility for developing a fair system to judge this very complicated profession falls on state and local school administrators. And whether they like being judged or not, it falls on objective input from teachers as well.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 08/25/2015 - 2:59am
The Pinellas County School District has been using an unorthodox approach for meeting the class size limits that are not in the best interests of students. The state has been investigating the district for months for its use of substitutes in co-teaching roles to meet class size limits.
Submitted by Ariana Fine on Tue, 08/25/2015 - 2:37am
School districts are losing students, and they will continue to do so as birth rates remain low. Yet districts are still burdened with fixed costs for buildings, employees and pensions. Schools need to prepare for shrinking student populations. And merging is a good option to best use resources and relieve districts' financial headaches.
Submitted by Alison DeNisco on Sun, 08/23/2015 - 10:01am
Times have never been better for computer science workers. Jobs in computing are growing at twice the national rate of other types of jobs. By 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be 1 million more computer science-related jobs than graduating students qualified to fill them.
Submitted by Alison DeNisco on Sun, 08/23/2015 - 9:59am
Both the House and Senate versions of the updated No Child Left Behind Act are devised to prevent the federal government from doing something it has hardly ever done: force state and local governments to overhaul low-performing schools.